“Sophia Wallace is convinced her life is over when her high school cuts the journalism program. Without the elective, she loses her chance to intern with the biggest newspaper company in the county, and why? All because the baseball team needs more funding. To make matters worse, her boyfriend publicly dumps her at a party, which is mortifying. But the icing on the cake is when the captain of the baseball team and the most popular guy at Bayview High, Walsh Hunter, decides to be chivalrous. He jumps in, throws his arm around Sophia, and declares his undying love for her. In front of everyone. Suddenly, Sophia is thrown into a world of fake relationships and undercover journalism, and she realizes she’s way, way out of her league. Good thing she’s got the team captain to teach her how to play. But faced with choosing between saving her journalism class or her newfound feelings for Walsh, will she strike out or hit a home run?” (Amazon)
Review of Out of My League by Sarah Sutton
My rating; 4/5
This is the second book I’ve read by Sarah Sutton, and being in the mood for something light-hearted, I picked up Out of My League finally, and I wasn’t disappointed! As Sarah’s debut What Are Friends For?, Out of My League has been a lovely YA romance, and the book has put a smile on my face.
Out of My League follows Sophia (not Sophie!) as she navigates the summer before the senior year in high school. She thinks that her life is over, and her dreams are crushed when her school cuts the journalism program she loves to put more money into the sports teams, the baseball team in particular. To add more, her boyfriend breaks up with her at the party, with most of her schoolmates witnessing the embarrassing scene. Enter Walsh, who pretends to have a feeling for Sophia. They start (fake) dating, each using the fake relationship to their advantage. The problems arise when they both start realising that there may be something more to this.
What I liked the most about Sarah Sutton’s writing, and which was evident in both What Are Friends For? and Out of My League, is how real characters feel. They act and talk like teenagers they are, and sometimes you want to roll your eyes and ask, ‘Really?’ until you remember that a few years earlier you can easily imagine yourself saying or doing something similar.
But same as in her debut, in her second book, Sarah Sutton, while focusing on a start of a romance between Sophia and Walsh and all the funny, cute and sometimes uncomfortable moments that endure as a result of their fake relationship, she touches upon heavier topics. Together, the mixture of light-hearted romance and exploration of different family relations brings the narration nicely together in Out of My League.
YA romances are not my usual genre of choice in recent years, but every so often I find myself picking one, and Sarah Sutton’s books are definitely on my to-go list for when I feel like reading one. She’s set to publish a Halloween romance later this year, so keep an eye on that!
Who is the book for: I would recommend Out of My League to anyone enjoying light-hearted YA romances, and if you are a fan of fake relationship trope, you are in for a treat. You can get your own copy here.